#StrongerThanHate: How to Make an Impact

Oct 29, 2018

Pittsburgh.. You’ve been my home since 2004, and you’re unlike any other city I’ve lived in. Pittsburgh is a kind, loving city. The city and the people who live here are accepting. It is a city that I consider myself lucky to call home, and grow to love more and more everyday. 

I've always called Pittsburgh a “small-town city.” It’s one of those places where somehow everyone is connected. (I realized this even more after I opened urbanfitco.) You could be talking to someone you just met and mention your best friend from high school or someone you work with, and somehow they know that person through the most interesting connection. The six degrees of separation really does exist in Pittsburgh.

I’ve met so many amazing people during my 10+ years of living here—My best friends, amazing business owners, mentors, my biggest cheerleaders, amazing customers. It is a city that has given so much to me. It is a city where people may have different backgrounds, but they support one another and can all agree on the Steelers, Penguins, and Pirates.

On Saturday, the unthinkable happened. Pittsburgh lost 11 innocent lives when a man chose to attack the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill.

  • Joyce Fienberg, 75
  • Richard Gottfried, 65
  • Rose Mallinger, 97
  • Cecil Rosenthal, 59
  • David Rosenthal, 54
  • Bernice Simon, 84
  • Sylvan Simon, 86
  • Daniel Stein, 71
  • Melvin Wax, 88
  • Irving Younger, 69

This isn't a place where you expect a tragedy like this to happen. But it did. 

I've asked myself how do I move forward when something like this has happened in my own city? What can I do to help? Because I can't sit around and do nothing. Hate won't win. I won't fear, and let hate change the way I view my city.

Pittsburgh has always been loving and kind, and we will do our part to make sure we add more love and kindness to this city and the world. 

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."

-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

In our search of something to do in the wake of Saturday's events, we found the following-

  • Spread light and love. Do a good deed.
  • Donate Blood: Visit Vitalant to find out where you can donate blood to assist in replenishing the local blood banks. 
  • Monetary Donations: The following are links to funds that will go to the congregation to help with physical damages to the building, as well as the survivors and the victims' families.

            Tree of Life Synagogue Victims

            Muslims Unite for Pittsburgh Synagogue 

            GoFundMe: Wounded Pittsburgh Police Officer

  • Vote!: To find your polling place if your live in PA, click here


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